U.S. Gov’t. Says It’s No Longer Against Al Qaeda

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

“We’re not focused on the former al-Nusra Front [Al Qaeda in Syria]. We’re focused on Daesh [ISIS]. And that’s what we’re fighting and that’s where therefore we look and where we target.” U.S.Defense Department press briefing, 16 August 2016

Basic to America’s war against terrorism was Al Qaeda as being the specific target, but, on August 16th, a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson said that Al Qaeda is no longer an enemy of the United States at all, and that only ISIS is America’s enemy in the war against terrorism. However, Congress never authorized anything but Al Qaeda to be the enemy in the war against terrorism. Consequently, President Obama is now violating the law by his no longer targeting Al Qaeda at all, and he is also ignoring the law by his targeting ISIS (as he has long been doing) without requesting a new authorization from Congress to do so — an authorization that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress would be virtually certain to grant immediately. This new war-authorization would need to rectify a key failing of the original war-authorization, by naming “jihadism” specifically as America’s enemy, so that regardless of what a particular jihadist group is, it can legally be a target to eliminate. Under the existing resolution, only Al Qaeda can be targeted, because that was the group which was ultimately determined to have caused 9/11, and because the existing war-authorization is restricted to only the organization that perpetrated that specific jihadist act. This new war-authorization would thus need to replace, instead of modify, the existing authorization, so that U.S. military action can legally be taken against any jihadist group, and not only (as at present) against Al Qaeda.

The Congressional resolution that on 14 September 2001 authorized the U.S. President to make war in response to 9/11, declared the President “authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” That was subsequently interpreted to refer to Al Qaeda. Bush invaded Iraq on 19 March 2003 by declaring that Iraq supported Al Qaeda. Congress — including Hillary Clinton and America’s ‘news’ media — accepted that allegation and never challenged Bush on it, and so authorized him to invade, for 12 reasons, of which five were:

• Members of al-Qaeda, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq.

• Iraq’s “continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations,” including anti-United States terrorist organizations.

• Iraq paid bounty to families of suicide bombers.

• The efforts by the Congress and the President to fight terrorists, and those who aided or harbored them.

• The authorization by the Constitution and the Congress for the President to fight anti-United States terrorism.

In other words: One reason was that Iraq was behind “anti-United States terrorism,” and another was that Al Qaeda was “known to be in Iraq,” but there were five reasons in total that referred to the 9/11 event — and yet this resolution had to do with Iraq, not with 9/11.

So: the two resolutions on the basis of which Obama is ‘authorized’ by Congress to oppose ‘terrorism’ (meaning only Islamic terrorism, more correctly known as jihadism) are specifically against Al Qaeda. That’s what he’s authorized to fight. The Iraq-invasion resolution did more generally include also “other international terrorist organizations,” but pertains only to Iraq (and President Bush announced that that war against Iraq was over; so, the U.S. now operates militarily in Iraq only with explicit authorization from Iraq’s government).

In Syria, Al Qaeda was called Al Nusra, and they recently changed their name and are sometimes referred to as “the former Al Nusra,” but they’re Al Qaeda in Syria, whatever their name.

However, the U.S. ‘Defense’ Department held a press briefing, on 16 August 2016 in Baghdad, concerning both Syria and Iraq, and asserted that the U.S. isn’t concerned about Al Qaeda, in either Syria or Iraq, but only about “ISIL” or ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which the Sauds call DAESH (the Arabic acronym for ISIL) and so he did too:

“We’re not focused on the former al-Nusra Front. We’re focused on Daesh. And that’s what we’re fighting and that’s where therefore we look and where we target.”

Now the only U.S. target in the war against ‘terrorism’ is the only jihadist organization that wants to defeat and replace the Saud family — the family that (along with George W. Bush) was behind 9/11.

Here’s the video of that comment by him, and of the journalist’s then angering that Pentagon spokesman at 3:25 by referring to Al Nusra as “forces that might be backed by the United States” (at which phrase the journalist’s eyes went down to the ground in recognition that he is aware that that has actually been true all along in Syria — that the U.S. has been supporting every jihadist (or ’terrorist’) group there (especially Al Nusra) except “Daesh,” because they’re all trying to overthrow Assad (and because DAESH are threatening to overthrow the Sauds for being insufficiently Islamic). So, because DAESH-ISIS are a threat to the Sauds, the U.S. focuses its war-effort (in addition to being against Assad) against ISIS, and ignores the other jihadists in Syria. All of the jihadists in Syria are fighting to overthrow Assad, and so (other than the Sauds’ enemy, ISIS), all of the jihadists in Syria are actually strong assets to the U.S. war against Assad. 

The Pentagon spokesperson started his response to that with a personal comment, and then simply repeated that the U.S. doesn’t care about Al Nusra or any other jihadist group except “Daesh.”

Actually, Obama isn’t authorized to carry out any military operation against “Daesh,” because the 9/11 resolution “authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” And ISIS didn’t even exist back then. We hadn’t produced it yet.

Congress hasn’t authorized him to have any military operation to overthrow Assad. Nor even any military operation to kill ISIS. Obama is a renegade U.S. President who hates Russians and who wants to kill any nation’s leader who is friendly toward Russia (such as Gaddafi, Yanukovych, and Assad). And with the cooperation of the Congress and the ‘news’ media that are controlled by the same U.S. aristocracy that controls him, he’s being given a virtually free rein to do just this — regardless of the existing laws.

There is massive additional evidence that the Obama Administration is actually supporting Al Qaeda in Syria. For example, one of the main sticking points in the U.S-Russian negotiations to achieve a cease-fire in the Syrian war concerned America’s insistence — and Russia’s opposition to — suspending the war against Al Nusra: the U.S. demanded that only ISIS continue to be attacked during a cease-fire, whereas Russia demanded that both ISIS and Al Nusra continue to be attacked; U.S. Secretary of State Kerry finally (and very reluctantly) agreed to accept Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s position on that. Members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff resigned and were fired by President Obama for refusing to endorse his insistence upon protecting Al Nusra.

The truth is that Barack Obama is obsessed against Russia, and that Assad is an ally of Russia, and Obama wants to overthrow him the way that he and his predecessor overthrew other nations’ leaders who were friendly or allied with Russia: Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and Viktor Yanukovych. Obama is trying to win World War III, not the Cold War — which, in his mind, never ended, and cannot end, until Russia itself becomes surrounded and conquered.

Like Obama’s friend and advisor Zbigniews Brzezinski argued in his 1997 The Grand Chessboard, and Obama evidently also believes, this is a “chess game” that will be won only once the Russians’ ‘king’ (ruling elite) gets overthrown while the American ‘king’ (ruling elite) is still standing. And that’s the way the U.S. aristocracy (and its agents, including the ‘news’ media, and the U.S. government) handle it.

The American public think that jihadists are our enemy, but the American aristocracy have no problem with jihadists — their friends, the Saudi aristocracy, are competing in the oil-and-gas market against the Russians, not against the jihadists.

And America’s aristocracy couldn’t care less about the American public.

And that’s why a U.S. President is allowed to break U.S. law with impunity, and say (through an agent) “we’re not focused on the former al-Nusra Front. We’re focused on Daesh. And that’s what we’re fighting and that’s where therefore we look and where we target.”

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

  • Anti Everything

    Well now, surprise surprise surprise…, no not really. This shit was obvious from the second gulf war and Afghanistan.

  • Mr Boompi

    Sure they’re “focused on Daesh” as in focused on making sure they smuggle the stolen oil and are doing their jobs fighting Syrian troops, as agreed upon.

  • PJ London

    Ah but the wonderful thing is that they are no longer committing international war crimes only, but are now committing crimes within the laws of the USA. Once a real AG is appointed, (I am not holding my breath), but once a real AG is appointed, then these politicians and generals can be charged, given a fair trails, and then a speedy execution, for these wars by the US people.
    History will show that they were criminals, not heroes, not protectors, but plain garden variety criminals.

  • legal eagle

    What the United States is doing is finally coming out and admitting that it sponsors terrorism, putting itself in the same boots as the Al Qaeda it created, except that now it is all above board and the lying hypocrisy is now outed. The United States is a terrorist, by it’s own admission.

    • RenegadeProphet

      All part of the plan to have America exterminated.
      The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • tavistock

    Didn’t Al Qaeda blow up the WTC on 911,along with Bldg7? And now they arm them in Libya while chasing their tail going after ISIS? How do these psychopaths keep track?

    • Tim Hadfield

      They’re all the same thing. The different names are just to confuse us.

      • tavistock

        THE 7 NATION PLAN:

        We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran” –

        General Wesley Clark. Retired 4-star U.S. Army general, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia .

    • JosephConrad

      MOSSAD, CIA & FBI COORDINATED 9/11, SCORES OF FALSE FLAGS & 90%
      OF WORLD VIOLENCE & DEATH. THEY’LL ALL HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL.

    • Odigo go

      this is the kind of article you get when the author either doesnt know- or is covering up- the real reason behind 911. Which is to eliminate ISRAEL’s enemies. the unstated terror groups being targeted in the 911 legislation are HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS and PLO/ Arafat.
      Iraq was funding suicide bombers families in ISRAEL is what is referred to. CONTEXT.
      At the time in 1999-, Palestinian Intifada was raging full force w/ bombing in Occupied W bank stolen land ever other day.. Because Ehud Barak sabotaged any peace process and it ignited a Arab Spring Uprising out of frustration. It was the jew NEOCONs who pushed all of this thru. OSP, PNAC, Oded Yinon. the endelss wars in M.E. began in 2001- NOT the second, phoney ‘Arab Spring’ a decade later

      • RenegadeProphet

        The USA is the Mountains of Israel and Zion and Armageddon!
        The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • Tim Hadfield

    So I suppose Obama will now tell Russia to stop bombing his Al Qaeda allies.
    Because they’re in danger of being wiped out.

  • JosephConrad

    CARTER, BRENNAN, KAGAN & NULAND HAVE TO BE THE MOST IGNORANT & EVIL
    WHITE PEOPLE IN THE U.S. GOVT. SINCE THE 1880’S WHEN REAL THUGS RULED!

  • Mick McNulty

    Terror groups become allies and Russia the greater enemy? Rubbish! It’s all part of the con, the plan for world domination. Oh sorry, that was the Nazis! It’s the plan for full spectrum dominance.

  • madrino

    There is the Jewish Virtual State, Religious Orders Virtual State, Freemason Virtual State, and the ISIS/Terror Virtual State. Now of all of these virtual states which are like minded groups without borders (think globalism), which one has people in the highest places and runs the other three virtual states? That would be the first one. What interlocking cabals/cartels do they own and/or run? Financial, Energy, Education, Military and Intelligence, “National” Security and Surveillance, the Judiciary, Big Medicine, Big Pharma, Big Ag, Mass Media, Entertainment, Sports Entertainment, Religion (particularly most of the reformed groups which worship them), Secret Societies, Government at all levels, Arms and Narcotics, Organ trafficking… The last three exist only to help the first create, what freemasonry (long subverted and now only useful idiots) terms, “Order out of Chaos”. The whole world is under an engineering plan that is like controlled demolition to be, and is being rebuilt. The TPP, TiSA, TTIP, Noahide laws, GMO, GEOINT, Internet of Things, end of cash with Blockchain virtual money and ledgers…all work to serve a controlling interest.